Colombia high court ruling allows Uribe to seek second presidential term

[JURIST] Colombia's Constitutional Court [official backgrounder in Spanish] Wednesday upheld legislation that would change the country's constitution to allow presidents to serve more than one term, a ruling that could allow Colombian President Alvaro Uribe [official website in Spanish; BBC profile] to seek re-election next May. The amendment was approved last year by legislators. Uribe has sought to extend his crackdown against militants and drug czars during a second term, although he may still be barred [Reuters report] from running in next year's election depending on a second ruling by the Constitutional Court. Uribe has remained popular among Colombians while taking a hardline approach against rebels in the country and helping the country's faltering economy recover, and polls show him winning by a landslide if he runs in the election next May. Bloomberg has more.



 

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